Turner hires Edward Barnieh from Nickelodeon UK to head up kids content acquisitions

Edward BarniehTurner has hired a new programming and acquisitions manager to expand its children’s programming offering in the region.

Edward Barnieh joins the company’s Asia-Pacific headquarters in Hong Kong from Nickelodeon in the UK.

The announcement:

HONG KONG (April 19, 2013) – Turner International announces the appointment of Edward Barnieh as Programming and Acquisitions Manager, Asia Pacific, to further expand its quality offering of kids content.

Based in Hong Kong, Edward will be responsible for Turner’s acquisition strategies for its kids’ networks in Asia Pacific, including Cartoon NetworkCartoonitoPOGOToonami and Boomerang. Using his network of industry connections, his mandate will be to secure rights to the most engaging content in the region, in particular funny and clever animation from international studios and distributors.

Having spent over a decade working in kids broadcasting in the UK, Edward brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to the role. He also adds years of multi-platform experience to the regional team and will be a key part of Turner’s international Asia Pacific acquisitions strategy.

“Edward joins us from an acquisitions background that spans TV, online, mobile, and content licensing, which we expect will help secure our leading position in the Kids genre in Asia Pacific,” said Mark Eyers, Turner International’s regional Chief Content Officer. “His diverse expertise and proven achievements will make him a real asset to the team, and we welcome him to Hong Kong.”

Prior to joining Turner, Edward worked at Nickelodeon UK for almost nine years, where he played an important role in the expansion of the award-winning networks and developing content for global markets. He also was heavily involved in the roll-out of video-on-demand and mobile TV services for the company. He began his career at Viacom in London.

Source: press release


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